NEW PORT RICHEY — Kudos to Sydney Moore, Chrislyn Miano, Emily Lawrence and Alana Rife of Seven Springs Middle School. These students in Dorothy Taylor's Lead the Pack class recently earned third-place honors in the inaugural "Go Green Video Contest" sponsored by Publix Supermarkets and Florida Newspapers in Education Programs.
"I'm so proud — it's the first win that we've had in the video contests that we've entered," Taylor said, noting that the contest was open to students in five states.
The four students worked as a team, first tossing around ideas about how to highlight their school's efforts to recycle lunch trays, batteries, cellphones, plastics and such.
They conducted interviews with school principal Chris Dunning and SRO Corp. Clint Gilmor, an avid recycler.
And they came up with a few fun catch phrases and filmed themselves hugging trees and picking up trash on campus, editing about seven minutes of recordings down to the two-minute requirement.
"We definitely learned a lot about recycling just by doing it and so did the kids in the school," Sydney said, adding that the winning video was shown on the school's morning news show.
In April the students were honored for their efforts with a $25 Publix gift card for each of them and a $100 gift card to spend on a class party. Keeping with the leadership and community service theme of their elective class, the students opted to forgo the party and donated the $100 to the SPCA.
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